Biography

     American soprano Sarah Fleiss is in her fourth year of studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. This season, she will sing Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante under the baton of David Stern and with the Tempesta di Mare orchestra. She is currently on tour with Eric Owens and members of the Curtis Opera Theater, singing the Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Op. 65, among other art song and operatic repertoire. In 2023, she will premiere In the Fields, a song cycle written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León and is set to perform in a recital along with one of the world's most sought-after collaborative pianists, Warren Jones. She also looks forward to singing the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. 

     In the 2021/22 season, she attended the Music Academy of the West, and sang Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and Milli in the world premiere of 24 (La cura per-amore). She also participated in masterclasses with Sonia Prina, Dolora Zajick and Golda Schultz. 

     Sarah was recently named the 1st Prize winner of the Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship by the National Society of Arts and Letters. She has received scholarships from the George London Foundation and Voce di Meche blog, an encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, as well as been named a finalist in the Camile Coloratura, Opera Grand Rapids, and Orpheus Vocal Competitions. 

     Prior to Curtis, Sarah attended Columbia University, studying English Literature, and also participating in the Juilliard-Exchange program. At Columbia, she sang Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Columbia New Opera Workshop, and narrated Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du soldat. She also performed around New York in musical theater and cabaret-style performances.

     You can find her on Instagram @sarahfleiss and on Facebook @sarahfleiss.

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"Effervescent, harnessing grace and captivating emotion... and with pure vocal prowess"

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